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Pistol Opera (2001)
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Pistol Opera (2001)
Original name: ピストルオペラ
Genre: Crime, Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As one of Suzuki's last fims, it is related to his 1967 Branded to Kill, either as a remake or sequel. The plots of both films involve a third-ranked hit man deposing the top-ranked hit man to claim the top rank.
Style: psychedelic, atmospheric, realistic, surreal, serious, experimental, stylized, avant garde, offbeat, cult film
Plot: assassin, hitman, contests and competitions, danger, rivalry, crimes, graphic violence, femme fatale, deadly, assassination, yakuza, female assassin, japanese woman, surrealism, crime, assassination attempt, chases and races, strong female presence, avant-garde, hell, gun, waterfall, grandmother granddaughter relationship, nude girl, severed head ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, rivalry, deadly, crime, danger, hitman and gangsters mostly in Action, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Pistol Opera: Like a Dragon (2007), Beyond Outrage (2012), Branded to Kill (1967), The Woman Sharper (1963), Rain Fall (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Like a Dragon (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Former Yakuza underling Kiryu Kazuma, who has recently been released from prison after a lengthy incarceration, and is trying to piece his life together and distance himself from his Yakuza past. Unfortunately Kiryu's problems slowly escalate ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: yakuza, crimes, gang, vengeance, danger, gangsters, hitman, bank, track down, rivalry, heist, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Beyond Outrage (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as an internal strife in Outrage has now become a nationwide war in Outrage ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, rough, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, gang war, criminal heroes, crime, law enforcement, rivalry, deadly, danger, crimes, elimination, power struggle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Branded to Kill (1967)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After botching his latest assignment, a third-ranked Japanese hit man becomes the target of another assassin.
Style: realistic, serious, experimental, surreal, dark humor ...
Plot: hitman, nudity (full frontal - brief), assassination, organized crime, assassin, crimes, change of luck, sleeping, sexual content, crime, danger, deadly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Woman Sharper (1963)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Handsome young Katsuta tries to follow the yakuza code, but even his boss doesn't believe in it. Diamond Fuyu is less ethical, and allows the idiotic Tetsu to trick a schoolgirl he fancies, Hanako, into a type of bonded prostitution. Because of ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, offbeat, stylized
Plot: gambling, gangsters, yakuza, graphic violence, uninhibited rivalry, danger, criminal heroes, gang, femme fatale, rivalry, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Rain Fall (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A hit man looks to protect the daughter of one of his victims against CIA assassins.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, law enforcement, crimes, chases and races, danger, dishonesty, deadly, rivalry, police officer, tough heroes, foot chase, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, asia, usa, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After yakuza boss Kurata dissolves his own criminal empire, a rival kingpin offers a position to Kurata's top operative, Tetsuya "Phoenix Tetsu" Hondo. When the fiercely loyal Tetsu declines, Otsuka taps unstoppable Tatsuzo the ...
Style: stylized, offbeat, atmospheric, surreal, dark humor ...
Plot: gangsters, betrayal, bar fight, nightclub, yakuza, hitman, crimes, going straight, criminal heroes, hopes, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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On the Job (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Philippines
Duration: 118 min.
Story: On The Job is about the ambitions and passions of four men trying to make a living, for themselves and their families. It shows the parallels between two prison inmates who are contract killers, and the two agents of the law investigating the ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, crimes, gangsters, corrupt law enforcer, assassination, danger, honest law enforcer, corruption, deadly, dishonesty, criminal heroes, politics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Headshot (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Thailand, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A hitman named Tul is shot in the head during an assignment. When he wakes up from a two month coma Tul discovers that he literally sees everything upside down.
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, danger, vengeance, disorder, neo noir, frame up, secret movement, dishonesty, crimes, deadly, assassination, sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A sex-obsessed young woman, a suicidal young man she meets on the street, a gun-crazy wannabe gangster—these are just three of the irrational, oddball anarchists trapped in an underground hideaway in Oshima’s devilish, absurdist portrait of what ...
Style: psychological, stylized, atmospheric, offbeat, surreal ...
Plot: killing spree, isolation, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, violence spree, obsession, death wish, sex addict, hitman, sexual content, crime, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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The Job (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: CJ is a sexy, cold-blooded assassin who wants to quit the business. She agrees to carry out one last hit, but for the first time in her career as an assassin, she is unable to finish the job.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, captivating, semi serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: female assassin, pregnancy, chases and races, hitman, society, adventure, drug dealing, danger, crimes, crime, deadly, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Black Angel Vol. 1 (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Tokyo is a dark technopolis, a city of faceless chrome and cold marble. It is ruled by Nogi, a yakuza boss specializing in drugs and murder. He gained absolute power by executing the former boss and marrying his daughter, Chiaki. Only the mysterious ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: female assassin, girls with guns, femme fatale, rape and revenge, cliche, hitman, deadly, crime, gang, master warrior, danger, chase ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 222
The Waiter (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man travels through corporate corruption and his own sin to find his soul.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, tense ...
Plot: hitman, heroes, rivalry, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, danger, tough guy, gunfight, violence, head bandage, headband ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Stiletto (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The seemingly random killings of an assassin puzzle her former lover, a wealthy Greek crime boss whose organization is jeopardized by his love for her, and the detective following her rising body count
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, vengeance, police investigation, hitman, rivalry, betrayal, tough heroes, danger, dishonesty, criminal's revenge, police detective, assassin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
 462
The Wolves (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 131 min.
Story: After going to prison for killing the boss of the Kanno gang, Seji Iwahashi (Tatsuya Nakadai) gets released early -- only to find that his former gang has merged with the Kannos. But with bitter resentments lingering on both sides, how long will it ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, atmospheric, rough, realistic ...
Plot: gangsters, gang, yakuza, heroes, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, uninhibited rivalry, murder, graphic violence, criminal heroes, society ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Tell (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ethan Tell is a small time crook who makes a big-time score when he steals 1 million dollars. Ironically, his life radically changes for the worst when he discovers that stealing the money was the easy part and he now must keep his partner, his ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crimes, rivalry, danger, life turned upside down, going straight, dishonesty, on the run, chases and races, graphic violence, sexual content, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Dead or Alive (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ryūichi and his small gang of Triad vie for control of the Japanese underworld in a crime-ridden Shinjuku quarter while Detective Jojima tries to bring it down. Jojima attempts to start a gang war between the Triad and yakuza. Ryūichi and Jojima ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, brutal, disturbing, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: massacre, gangsters, danger, contests and competitions, stripper, vengeance, brutality, yakuza, drugs, gratuitous violence, violent, insanity ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Montana (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In the mean streets of London's East End, a former Serbian commando and a fourteen-year old boy plot revenge against a powerful crime lord and his ruthless lieutenants. As our heroes prepare to take on their enemies, the boy is mentored in the ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, hitman, teaching the ways of the world, crimes, haunted by the past, coming of age, assassin, drugs/alcohol, deadly, gangsters, master criminal, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Fulltime Killer (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Professional assassin O has resided in an isolated world of killing and loneliness. But his life begins to change once he meets the innocent Chin; hired to clean O's apartment. However, soon the flamboyent and reckless Tok enters Chin's ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, exciting, harsh, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, dark hero, police detective, danger, rivalry, criminal heroes, crime, crimes, law enforcement, fall in love, uninhibited rivalry, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong, asia, japan, macau, thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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The Devil's Teardrop (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a man known only as "The Digger" opens fire in a train station many are left dead. The only clue the FBI has is a hand written letter with demands on it. Agent Margurete needs help analyzing it and the best is retired specialist ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: hitman, mystery, crimes, law enforcement, danger, special agents, murder, rivalry, deadly, criminal heroes, crime, female director ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Martial artist Takuma Tsurugi returns to take on a Yakuza family that may be embezzling money from charities to finance their own operations. Both the police and the Yakuza find themselves battling Tsurugi, but Tsurugi's fight ultimately is ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, hitman, gang, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, undercover, crime, heroes, criminal's revenge, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Samurai Spy (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Years of warfare end in a Japan unified under the Tokugawa shogunate, and samurai spy Sasuke Sarutobi, tired of conflict, longs for peace. When a high-ranking spy named Tatewaki Koriyama defects from the shogun to a rival clan, however, the world of ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, exciting
Plot: espionage, samurai, adventure, gang, crimes, chases and races, secret agents, heroes, assassination, lone wolves, escapades, deadly ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
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Hindsight (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Retired mob boss Du-heon enrolls in a cooking class with the hopes of making a fresh start as a restaurant owner. In the class he meets a quirky girl, Se-bin, and finds himself drawn to her. Despite his determination to wipe the slate clean, Du-heon ...
Style: exciting, captivating, touching, tense, suspense ...
Plot: gangsters, hitman, romance, crimes, rivalry, assassination, love, mafia, danger, deadly, deception, restaurant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This 26th film installment of the Zatoichi series sees Shintaro Katsu return to this classic role after a 10 year hiatus. The blind masseur Ichi gets caught between rival Yakuza clans.
Style: atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, stylized, tense ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, swordsman, rivalry, crime, gang, deadly, escapades, danger, good versus evil, gangsters, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Dossier K. (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Vincke and Verstuyft are detectives of the Antwerp police department. This time they have to deal with the Albanian mob and some problems in their own police division.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: vengeance, rivalry, crimes, fighting crime, danger, police detective, law enforcement, deadly, mafia, murder, chases and races, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, albania, europe, antwerp
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.6
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Ichi (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ichi is a blind entertainer that travels the countryside with her traditional Japanese guitar and walking stick. She’s in search for the kind man that brought her up as a child, but because of her beauty she encounters problems every step of the ...
Style: rough, epic, suspenseful, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, ninja, rivalry, crimes, heroes, danger, escapades, vengeance, good versus evil, deadly, village ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Journal of a Contract Killer (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Stephanie Komack was a high-class hooker and assassin for the Italian Mob. Now working in London as a waitress, and a single mother to her seven year old daughter, the Mob track Stephanie down and persuade her to do one last job. The hit goes wrong ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, suspense
Plot: prostitute, hitman, kidnapping, italian mafia, vengeance, rivalry, single parent, deadly, crimes, violence, revenge, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
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The Yakuza (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, intense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, kidnapping, gangsters, mafia, neo noir, crime, crimes, friendship, culture clash, rescue, haunted by the past, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the fifth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is challenged by five warriors, each has one fifth of Ogami's assassin fee and one fifth of the information he needs to complete his assassination.
Style: epic, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, conspiracy, strong violent content, crimes, deadly, master warrior, heroes, hitman, drifter, family relations, gory ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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The Five (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and the men find themselves hunted down by contract killers
Style: rough, suspenseful, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, hitman, murder, gang, tough heroes, disorder, chases and races, criminal's revenge, deadly, partners, cons and scams, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.0
 878
Body Armour (2007)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Australia, Germany, Spain, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A burned-out bodyguard is hired to protect the man he hates the most: an international assassin who destroyed his career and ruined his life. Forced to put his personal feelings on hold, the bodyguard must use all his skills and years of experience ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: hitman, assassin, danger, vigilantism, crimes, rivalry, bodyguard, gunfight, murder, graphic violence, profanity, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%